Iran news headlines on Thursday include rising of Iranian rial currency by nearly 10 percent; Mohammad Khatami reamrks over giving Rowhani more time for resolving country’s problem; Netanyahu urging EU for rising pressure on Iran; end of public executions in Iran and Rowhani offer of full support to the national soccer in 2014 World Cup.
The Iranian currency, the rial, rose further on Thursday on hopes the country’s deep economic crisis could ease under its next president, a relative moderate elected last week.
Iran’s key reformist is urging supporters of the country’s newly elected president to have patience as Hasan Rowhani takes the helm and tackles the country’s sanctions-battered economy and tensions with the West. Mohammad Khatami’s appeal came during a meeting Thursday with a group of Iranian students.
Israel is pressing the European Union to take a more aggressive stance on Iran’s nuclear energy program, which Tel Aviv’s allies, especially in Washington, have used as a pretext to impose illegal sanctions against Tehran.
Iran will no longer be carrying out public executions, country Gazvin province’s prosecutor Jamal Ansari said, Fars news agency reported. Ansari named three reasons – human rights issue, international policy and Iran’s judiciary system’s policy – for Iran to halt the public executions.
Iran’s President-elect Hassan Rohani says the next administration will offer full support to the national soccer squad after it managed to earn a berth in the FIFA 2014 World Cup in Brazil.